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Published on the occasion of the fifth exhibition of the Thun Ceramic Residency in July  2019. Includes interviews by Leopold Thun with each of the residents. Please download the publication/poster by clicking on the image!

Artist in Residence 2019


Gina Folly (b. 1983) is a Swiss artist who lives and works in Paris and Basel. She completed an MA at ZHdK, Zürich in 2014.

She is interested in a multitude of cultural and social phenomena. Plants, animals, as well as everyday objects and situations play a vital role in her work. She examines how those imitate nature and contribute to artificially build and shape our daily environment, forming new ways of being. Such confrontation between humans and their natural surrounding is translated in Folly’s installations, ceramic objects and photography.

Her work has been the subject of a solo show at Ginevra Gambino, Koln, Germany (April 2017); Almanac, London, UK (2016); Gina Folly et Elle&Antélio en conversation, Tunnel Tunnel, Lausanne, CH (2016); Soon is now, SPREEZ, Munich, CH; (2015) New Conditions, Ermes-Ermes, Rome, IT (2015); Me You 2, with Lene Adler Petersen, Space Is The Place, Basel, CH (2015); Ströme, with Mandla Reuter, S.A.L.T.S., Birsfelden, CH (2015). Selected group shows: in 2016 Adrift on Plastic Island, Galerie Bernhard, Zurich, CH; Body pt. 1 (zombie), Ginevra Gambino, Cologne, D; L’etat parfait, Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Basel, CH; A MYSTICAL STAIRCASE, curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi for; Some of My Best Friends Are Germs, Le Doc, Paris, FR; The Free Design, Art Bärtschi & Cie, Geneve, CH. Since 2013 she runs the artist space ‘Taylor Macklin’ in Zurich together with Selina Grüter and Michèle Graf.

Artist in Residence 2019


Laurence Sturla (b. 1992) is a British artist primarily working in ceramics, currently living and working in Vienna.

Viewing works not purely as objects, but rather highlighting their capacity to interact and converse with their surrounding/audience, Sturla’s work aims to conflate the distance between human and non-human. By levelling the parameters, dialectics such as form and function, or thought and language are suspended as though in mid-air, as exaggerations, caricatures of their formerly rigid categorisations. With works acting as hybrids of history and fantasy, they enter the framework of a society rooted in the ghosts of industrialisation, nodding to how our notions of the present are composed. Honest fantasies recall histories which have been subject to a biased memory, reshaping and reinterpreting how we feel about the present and look towards the future.

Laurence Sturla lives and works in Vienna. His work has recently been exhibited at Pina, Vienna, (2018); Goswell Road, Paris, France (2017).

Artist in Residence 2019


Nicolas Deshayes

Nicolas Deshayes (b. 1983) is a French artist who lives and works in London and Dover. He completed an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2009 and a BA in Sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2005.

Working primarily with various methods of industrial casting, Nicolas Deshayes’s sculptures tend to be hard, made from materials such as plastic, ceramic, vitreous enamel, aluminium or cast iron. Formally, however, his works reference soft, moving and malleable things; things that are alive and functioning. Recent sculptures have been made from glazed earthenware, fabricated using a slip-casting process in Veneto, Italy. Reminiscent of traditional domestic washbasins in their forms and colouring, they are also variably abstract and painterly, each with their own composition. Like vessels turned inside out, or bulging body parts, Deshayes’s ceramic sculptures play with positive and negative space.

Nicolas Deshayes’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Stuart Shave Modern Art, London (2019); Battersea Park’s Pleasure Gardens, Pumphouse Gallery, London (2018); Basement Roma, Rome, Italy (2018); Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan, Italy (2016); Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (2015); Tate, St. Ives, Cornwall (2015); S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013); His work has been included in group exhibitions at FRAC Grand Large, Dunkirk, France (2018); FRAC Ile de France, Chateau de Rentilly, Bussy-Saint-Martin, France (2018); Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2017); Drawing Room, London (2017); Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2016); Polish Institute, Berlin, Germany (2016); Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2016); Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2015); Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds (2015); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2014) and David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2014).


One Day The Stream Will Be Suffocated – By Islands

Published on the occasion of the fourth exhibition of the Thun Ceramic Residency in July  2018. Includes interviews by Melissa Canbaz, independent curator, with each of the residents. Please download the publication/poster by clicking on the image!

Exhibition Design


For the first time the final exhibition of the Thun Ceramic Residency will not be brought together by a curator, but we are honoured to welcome back Giles Round (resident in 2017) as exhibition designer.

Giles Round (b. 1976) lives and works in London, United Kingdom. He graduated from a BA at Middlesex and subsequently an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. His practice ranges across several media and includes design, ready made and ceramic objects, architectural screens and paintings among others. His installations often unfold as spaces for potential habitation, allowing the viewer to project themselves into the work.

Solo Exhibitions include The Director, The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire (2018); 1967, Goswell Road, Paris, (2018); They bow. Curtain. No applause., Spike Island, Bristol, (2017) and We live in the office, The Architecture Gallery, RIBA, London, (2016). He is also the art director for Serpentine Galleries General Ecology series The Shape of the Circle in the Mind of a Fish, (2018 to present). Amongst other books he designed the monograph Edge of Tomorrow – Lucy Raven, together with Roland Brauchli, published by Koenig London, (2017). He was in charge of the exhibition design with Andrés Ros Soto, Magnificent Obsessions at Sainsbury Centre, Norfolk, 2016 and  Francis Bacon & the Masters, (2015). He created the set design for live and filmed works of artist Cally Spooner including And You Were Wonderful, On Stage, (2013 – 2015) and He’s In A Great Place!, BMW Live Performance Room commission, Tate Modern, London, (2014). Further on Giles oversaw the exhibition design and curation, Ljubljana, 1955, (2015). [Partially recreated in Repétition, Villa Empain, Brussels, 2016] as well as The Influence of Furniture on Love, together with Lotte Juul Petersen at Wysing Farmhouse, Cambridgeshire, (2014).


31.07 – 19.08.2019

OPENING: 31.07.2019, 6-9pm

MUSEION, Via Dante, 6, I-39100 Bolzano, Italy

Exh. Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm


Nicolas Deshayes
Gina Folly
Laurence Sturla

with exhibition design by Giles Round


The Thun Ceramic Residency is pleased to invite you to Noi – DESHAYES, FOLLY, STURLA, the fifth exhibition of the Residency. Each year, over the period of two months, the residency brings together three contemporary artists in Bolzano to produce new works in ceramic.

This year’s residents Nicolas Deshayes (b. 1983; Nancy, FR), Gina Folly (b. 1983; Zurich, CH) and Laurence Sturla (b. 1992; Swindown, UK) will be exhibiting their works in the Museion Passage, the vast entrance hall of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bozen (South Tyrol, IT). Giles Round, a former artist in residence, will be designing the exhibition.

For the press release please click here.

One day the stream will be suffocated – by islands

curated by Melissa Canbaz

OPENING: 18.07.2018, 6-9pm

Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Via Rafenstein 19, I-39100 Bolzano, Italy

Exh. Opening Hours:   Wednesday, 18.07 – Sunday, 22.07.2017 by appointment only.


Adriano Costa
Hella Gerlach
Paloma Proudfoot


The artists in residence for the fourth iteration of the Thun Ceramic Residency are Adriano Costa (b. 1975), Hella Gerlach (b. 1977) and Paloma Proudfoot (b. 1992). The new work, conceived during the summer residency, will be presented at the Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare.  The exhibition is curated by Melissa Canbaz.

Sculpture here is a a non-static object that moves away from the plinth,  and engages with its architectural and social environment. The artists reveal different qualities of ceramics by activating its material, performative, and physical dimensions.


Artist in Residence 2018


Adriano Costa

Adriano Costa (b. 1975) is a Brazilian artist working and living between São Paulo and Europe. He graduated with a BA in art from the Universidade de São Paulo.

Costa’s sculptures and installations update the modernist and Minimalist legacies of geometric abstraction for contemporary Brazil through the use of everyday objects. His work also speaks to the lingering traces of colonialism, queer history and the potential of a localized artistic tradition. Applying a feel for compositional harmony, the artist disregards the objects’ original functions and combines them according to form, highlighting their visual relationships through strategic rearrangement. Costa’s works are usually installed chaotically across exhibition spaces in a style that the artist has dubbed “pre-sculptoric.” His avoidance of the pedestal and the frame highlights the vernacular aspect of the objects he uses and emphasizes their deviation from art-historical tradition.

Recent solo exhibitions include: We Chose Life . What Now, Georg? Tshirts ?, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2018); wetANDsomeOLDstuffVANDALIZEDbyTHEartist, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2018); B A  I   L    E, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2018); DearMeatCutsDevilMayCry, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Every Camel Tells a Story, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2015). Recent group exhibitions include Everyday Poetics, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2017); Frucht & Faulheit, Lothringer13 Halle, Munich (2017); IMAGINE BRAZIL, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo & Musee D’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France (2014).